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    The OP wrote this

    We also have a younger, 9 month old dog who plays and runs with her, so this doesn't enable her to rest all that well
    I don't see how what I wrote is any different to what you wrote.
    What is her quality of life going to be?

    I would be concidering maybe putting her out of her misery.
    I never said anything about not giving a sh1t. But she's not doing all she can either.

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    If I were you, I would leave everything as it is and try to control the environment such as the puppy situation etc. I am sure you do a right thing for your dogs.
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    If for some unfortunate reason my dog was in a lot of pain and I could not afford the Surgery to fix this, I might consider PTS........
    But you say your dog is happy, so I would consider the "natural" treatments. Swimming for exercise, green lipped mussle capsules, Glucosamine/chondrontine, shark cartilage and Sasha's blend.
    Resting is not necessarily good, because just like with people if you stop moving it you loose it. But banging from a younger dog is bad. We always teach our dogs to play "gently"...This is taught because when we get newfie puppies we do not want them to get injured. I start this on a long lead, basically pull them off when it gets rough, say "gently" and allow them back. All of ours now know the word.
    Keep your dog warm when it is cold and cool when it is hot. I had a newfie who had all over arhtritis, so no surgery for that. She lived a very happy life for many years with her ailment. She alos had accupuncture/pressure and Bowen therapy monthly. Especially the Bowen helped manage her pain. many people also live with the same injuries and do not get Surgery. So I would judge it by your dogs state, happy or depressed.
    Good luck, I know it is tough when Surgery is sooooo expensive. That is why mine are insured. A little every month in the hope they are covered for BIG events
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    . Then at least she won't cost you any more money.
    I didnt make the comment I made to be rude or insulting.

    I dont think you could say the same with the above comment to be honest.
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    I dont think you could say the same with the above comment to be honest.
    I'm just thinking long term. OP has already said money is an issue. And as you have pointed out, what she's done so far would be costly.

    Long term pain meds with no PBS are also going to be expensive. Letting the puppy aggravate the problem is also going to be an additional cost.

    It's do you fork out several grand all at once now, or do you fork it out more slowly but still at a rate around a grand or more a year - over the remaining life time of the dog? Because that's going to add up.

    Sometimes making a big spend now will save money (and pain) long term, sometimes it's best to cut your losses (and pain) early. Either way I don't think it's in the dog's interest to drag the decision out or spend money on pain killers long term when an expensive series of operations now might actually be cheaper long term.

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    Has the vet been asked if the debt could be paid off?

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    Sorry i have not read your original post but I will tell you of my own experience.
    My boy damaged his cruciate ligament and vet said surgery was only solution.
    When he explained the details of operation I said no way and went to another vet.
    Vet 2 devised a management program-Lose 5-6 kg (Chubb was called chubb for a reason) gentle exercise - beach walks swimming and cartophen shots monthly then quarterly. This worked well however we found a naturopath who put him on raw veg & meat with chinese herbs diet and he never limped again no drugs,nothing.Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I'm just thinking long term. OP has already said money is an issue. And as you have pointed out, what she's done so far would be costly.

    Long term pain meds with no PBS are also going to be expensive. Letting the puppy aggravate the problem is also going to be an additional cost.

    It's do you fork out several grand all at once now, or do you fork it out more slowly but still at a rate around a grand or more a year - over the remaining life time of the dog? Because that's going to add up.

    Sometimes making a big spend now will save money (and pain) long term, sometimes it's best to cut your losses (and pain) early. Either way I don't think it's in the dog's interest to drag the decision out or spend money on pain killers long term when an expensive series of operations now might actually be cheaper long term.
    Ahhh understand what u mean now, and agree with that! Just sounded a bit sarcastic the first message that is lol
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    She'd actually have to run likely $$ numbers with the vet to be sure what her best option is financially. But given how much it costs me just to go in for vax and flea and wormers for one dog - having to get ongoing pain meds - would be a major hole in the wallet.

    Even if she doesn't have the big dollars up front, most vets have deals with finance companies to organise long term payment and the dog's quality of life could be better.

    But it's all pointless if she can't stop the puppy from being rough because she will need to do that post op as well as now.

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    The puppy is 9 months old and is not constantly jumping on Bella, she likes to play but Bella will let her know when she has had enough. Bella runs the fence line occasionally which I don't think is helpful but I am unsure on how to prevent this. I am not getting the surgery #1 because of the financial cost and #2 because I don't want to put a 6 year or so, old dog through the pain etc associated with the surgery, I have chronic back pain and have lived with it for years so I know what pain is like. She may even be much older, she is a dog I rescued a couple years ago and never got info on her age. I can understand everyone being so passionate about their answers but I am not one to be neglectful or to put any of my numerous animal in any sort of position that would be harmful or cruel. I merely posted to get some opinions on what others see as a suitable solution and to find out what others have done in a similiar situation.

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